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Tonight brings several NHL matchups that will thrill casual NHL fans and sports bettors. Two of these games are going to be high-volume cross-conference matchups, while another is set to be a high-scoring Eastern Conference game.
Here are our favorite NHL player prop picks for Thursday.
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One of the biggest and first matchups of the night to feature an Eastern Conference versus Western Conference team is set up as the Los Angeles Kings go on the road to take on the Florida Panthers. This game will require a lot of effort, as both the Kings and the Panthers have two of the top defenses in the league. Los Angeles is second in the league in goals allowed per game (2.43), while Florida is ranked third in the league (2.48).
The Kings, this season, have benefited from a multitude of high-level role players and stars to average 3.32 goals per game. Among the most productive and aggressive offensive players for the Kings is center Anze Kopitar. In 37 games this season, Kopitar has accumulated 14 goals and 22 assists.
With this matchup featuring two of the best defenses going against each other, the Kings will have to rely on their stars to get an efficient offense going. Kopitar and forward Adrian Kempe are two of the biggest reasons the Kings are legitimate Stanley Cup Finals contenders this year.
One game that is expected to be one of the highest-scoring matchups is set as the New Jersey Devils go on the road to the Tampa Bay Lightning. The Devils and the Lightning are two of the most explosive and productive offenses in the NHL.
To make the game more convincing of a potential shootout, the Devils and the Lightning have two of the worst defenses in the league. The Lightning are ranked 27th in the league and allowed 3.45 goals per game, while the Devils are ranked 28th in goals allowed per game (3.55).
The Devils have a tough task trying to establish an elite offensive production as they will be without star center Jack Hughes due to an upper-body injury. They will have to rely more on forward Jesper Bratt, who has accounted for a team-high 45 points, with 14 being goals and 31 being a team-high in assists.
The final game of the night could be a preview of the Stanley Cup Finals as the Boston Bruins go on the road to take on the Vegas Golden Knights. Both the Bruins and the Golden Knights are looking to shed their significant losing streaks with a win over an elite team.
While the Bruins have struggled significantly, the Golden Knights have won only three of their last 11 games. Their defense has been the biggest reason for the struggles, as they allowed more than three goals in nine of those 11 games.
With Vegas coming off a tough 3-0 road loss to the Colorado Avalanche the night before, the Bruins have the potential to score consistently against a fatigued Golden Knights. Center Charlie Coyle has accounted for nine points in the last eight games. Look for Coyle to set the tone for the Bruins in a potential blowout tonight.
Michael Hanich is a sports journalist/analyst with a wide variety of experience in the newspaper and digital field. He has a love for all sports. The leagues that he covers are College Football, the NFL, the NBA, the NHL, College Basketball (men’s and women’s), the MLB, Lacrosse, Volleyball, and the WNBA.More info on Michael Hanich
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